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WhatsApp’s Latest Update: Exciting Changes That Users Need to Know

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WhatsApp’s Latest Update: Exciting Changes That Users Need to Know

WhatsApp is changing. It’s about to add a remarkable new feature so messages sent from other services can fetch up in WhatsApp. That’s in response to the new Digital Markets Act which comes into force in the European Union in early March. And other big changes are coming, it’s now been revealed. These include a change to the minimum age you have to be to use the app, and new details about what is and isn’t permissible. Here’s what’s new.

As spotted by The Independent, the new terms and conditions will “include extra information about what is or is not allowed on the app, give more information about an EU requirement that will force companies such as WhatsApp to allow users to send messages to users on other third-party apps, and will include more information about how content is moderated on the Channels feature.”

What Interoperability Will Mean

Of all these changes, the interoperability is the most striking, assuming other messaging apps want to see their messages land in WhatsApp. No other apps have yet indicated they want this.

WhatsApp notes that this change has consequences, as some data will be sent to third-party messaging services, “and therefore might not be subject to WhatsApp’s privacy commitments,” The Independent reports.

However, a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement, “These updates for users in the European Region do not change our commitment to user privacy and do not expand any data sharing when messaging other WhatsApp user.”

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